Literary Birthday – 6 August – Alfred Tennyson

Alfred Tennyson was born 6 August 1809, and died 6 October 1892.

Alfred Tennyson Quotes

  1. For man is man and master of his fate.
  2. It is unconceivable that the whole Universe was merely created for us who live in this third-rate planet of a third-rate moon.
  3. Sometimes the heart sees what’s invisible to the eye.
  4. ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
  5. Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
  6. He makes no friends who never made a foe.
  7. Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die.
  8. I am a part of all that I have met.
  9. The same words conceal and declare the thoughts of men.
  10. If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.
  11. A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies.
  12. Who are wise in love, love most, say least.

The Lady of Shalott
She left the web, she left the loom,
She made three paces through the room,
She saw the water-lily bloom,
She saw the helmet and the plume,
She look’d down to Camelot.
Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror crack’d from side to side;
‘The curse is come upon me,’ cried
The Lady of Shalott.

Lord Tennyson was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria’s reign and remains one of the most popular British poets. He was the most famous poet of the Victorian age, and he was a profound spokesman for the ideas and values of his times. Tennyson excelled at short lyrics like The Charge of the Light Brigade. He based most of his verse on classical mythology. Tennyson also wrote blank verse including Idylls of the King. He is the ninth most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 6th August 2013